Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Bases
The Yuyuan Tourist Mart
Address：269 Middle Fangbin Road, Shanghai
Public Transport：By buses 11, 26, 64, 71, 145, 581, 715, 730, 736, 801, 926, 929, 932, 969, or 980, or By Fangchun Line;or By Metro Line 10 ,get off at the Yu Garden Station
Originated from the ancient Town God’s Temple Market dating back more than 140 years to the reign of Emperor Tongzhi of the Qing Dynasty, the Yuyuan Tourist Mart is hailed as the most Chinese urban complex in Shanghai.
Located here are the temple for the god who guards Shanghai; the Chenxiang (profound fragrance) Pavilion, the biggest nunnery in China; the Nine-turn Bridge, a token of good luck for Shanghai; the oldest teahouse in Shanghai; the biggest gold and jewelry shop in China; the tasteful Yuyuan Theatre; the Folk Art Street; the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine; the Museum of Jiangnan (South China) Silk; the Old Yuyuan Street with the brightest local colouring; the Tonghanchun Drugstore, the oldest of its kind in Shanghai; the Huabao Curio City, the busiest market in Shanghai; and restaurants offering the best delicacies in Shanghai. The Yuyuan China Day, the grandest gala for folk activity in Shanghai, is also celebrated here. In one word, the Yuyuan Tourist Mart offers the best choice for tourists to experience the essence of Chinese history, culture, religion, architecture, folkways, and art.
Each year, more than 37 million Chinese and overseas visitors would patronize the Yuyuan Tourist Mart. Apart from the attractions listed above, festivals and other celebrations including the Yuyuan China Day and the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar year are organized regularly to treat visitors to the densest flavours of local folkways and customs. The Yuyuan China Day celebrations have brought to it the China Festival Prize, while the Yuyuan New Year Folk-custom Show, an annual event, has been listed as national intangible cultural heritage for conservation in China. It has not only topped the list of biggest Chinese retailers in terms of sales volume for 10 years running, but also ranked the 83th of the top 500 most valuable Chinese brands.
Opening time: All year round, free of charge
Business hours: 8:30am – 9:00pm